Introduction Simulation-based training (SBT) on shared leadership (SL) and group decision-making (GDM) can contribute to the safe and efficient functioning of a healthcare system, yet it is rarely incorporated into healthcare management training. The aim of this study was design, develop and validate a robust and evidence-based SBT to explore and train SL and GDM.
Method Using a two-stage iterative simulation design approach, 103 clinical and non-clinical managerial students and healthcare professionals took part in an SBT that contained real-world problems and opportunities to improve patient safety set within a fictional context. Self-report data were gathered, and a focus group was conducted to address the simulation’s degree of realism, content, relevance, as well as areas for improvement.
Results Participants experienced the simulation scenario, the material and the role assignment as realistic and representative of real-world tasks and decision contexts, and as a good opportunity to identify and enact relevant tasks, behaviours and knowledge related to SL and GDM. Areas for improvement were highlighted with regard to involving an actor who challenges SL and GDM; more preparatory time to allow for an enhanced familiarisation of the content; and, video debriefs to reflect on relevant behaviours and team processes.
Conclusions Our simulation was perceived as an effective method to develop SL and GDM within the context of patient safety and healthcare management. Future studies could extend this scenario method to other areas of healthcare service and delivery, and to different sectors that require diverse groups to make complex decisions.
- Health Management
- Patient Safety
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Contributors LA, ES, AD and CB conceptualised this research. LA collected and analysed the data. The manuscript was written by LA with contributions from all authors. All authors have read and approved the manuscript.
Funding This article represents independent research supported by the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Care. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
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Ethics approval The research was granted ethical approval by the Imperial College Joint Research Compliance Office (16IC3469), UK, and was conducted according to ethical guidelines of the British Psychology Society. Written informed consent was obtained from all participants, and no payment was given in exchange for participation.
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Data availability statement The data that support the findings of this study are not publicly available. Because of the nature of the informed, written consent and ethical restrictions, data distribution is not permitted. However, the SBT material is freely available for anyone (researcher, healthcare manager, practitioner, etc) who wishes to use it for academic, non-commercial purposes. The content, including each figure and table in the SBT supplemental file, was created by the authors and are not based on real-life data. Pictures in online supplemental file were accessed from websites that are free from copyright restrictions, such as URLs: https://www.pexels.com and https://stocksnap.io.
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